Early Orthodontics

Early Orthodontics in Epsom Auckland

Early orthodontics allows us to focus the growth, development and well-being of our younger patients. With early intervention, we can reduce your child’s need for braces or jaw surgery in the future. Instead, we focus on proper growth and development, straightening teeth and training facial muscles before permanent teeth are set. Another goal at Alpers is non-extraction orthodontics. We want to bring balance and facial symmetry to your child’s smile and face — helping them look and feel their best.

At Alpers, we put a huge emphasis on preventing irregularities and improper growth. We have seen so many children with underdeveloped faces and crooked teeth. In some cases, this is due to genetics, but we also know improper dental care is a major contributing factor. This is why we take an all-inclusive approach to dental care in our practise. Early treatments can be active, like correcting a crossbite, or passive, like holding the space if they lose a primary tooth too early. If we do advise treatment, it will normally be with removable orthodontic plates. These plates come in every colour imaginable and the kids have a great time choosing their colours. This makes the treatment fun!

We normally like to assess our patients around the age of 7 years old as this is when the upper front adult teeth have come through. We can start earlier if there are major bite problems such as an under-bite which can be treated as young as 4 years old. By using early orthodontics our goal is to maintain or provide space for permanent teeth so they grow in straight. This minimises the need for more extensive and painful intervention later. Visit our gallery to see some pictures of our patients and their fantastic results.

Are There Orthodontics for Baby Teeth?

Orthodontic treatment on primary dentition (baby teeth) is fairly rare, and often not necessary. However, children who develop an underbite or other malocclusion due to thumb sucking can greatly benefit from early orthodontics. Early treatments can be active, like correcting a crossbite, or passive, like holding the space if they lose a primary tooth too early.   If we do advise treatment, it will be with removable orthodontic plates. After just a few months of treatment, we can correct problems early and provide a full orthodontic assessment around age seven. This is when the upper permanent teeth have come through. By using early orthodontics in certain cases, our main hope is to maintain or provide space for permanent teeth so they grow in straight. This minimises the need for more extensive and painful intervention later. Visit our gallery to see some pictures of our patients and their fantastic results.

 
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Why is Early Orthodontics so Important?

With early intervention, we can reduce your child’s need for fixed braces or jaw surgery in the future. Instead, we focus on proper growth and development, straightening teeth and training facial muscles before permanent teeth are set. Another goal at Alpers is non-extraction orthodontics. We want to bring balance and facial symmetry to your child’s smile and face — helping them look and feel their best.

 
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How Soon Do I Need to Bring My Child In?

The New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO) recommends children visit an orthodontist or dentist no later than age nine for an evaluation. At this age, they should have a mix of both primary and permanent teeth. During this early assessment they look for signs of developmental problems and establish a plan for timely intervention if necessary.

 
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What Does an Early Orthodontic Assessment Entail?

Your child’s first orthodontic evaluation includes a thorough examination of your child’s teeth, jaw and facial structures as well as X-ray. Even at age six and seven these assessments and images could reveal developing problems with alignment and growth.

How you tell if your child might need early orthodontics:

  • Early or late loss of primary teeth (should normally lose teeth around age six and have all permanent teeth in around age 13)
  • Prolonged thumb or finger sucking (beyond age 5)
  • Mouth breathing
  • Narrow upper dental arch
  • Speech impediments
  • Very crowded or spaced teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that don’t fit together properly
  • Extra teeth
  • Impacted teeth

 
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If you think your child needs early orthodontic treatment,
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Early Orthodontics January 4, 2015

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Alpers Dental Auckland
Address : 24 Manukau Rd Epsom, Auckland 1023 New Zealand
Email : contact@alpers.co.nz
Tel : (09)524-5056